DeFilippo announces retirement as Boston College athletic director

Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo has announced his retirement effective Sept. 30.

Senior associate athletic director John Kane will fill the position in an interim basis starting Oct. 1.

Since DeFilippo was named BC’s athletic director in 1997, the Eagles have won four men’s hockey national championships.

“My wife Anne and I have been discussing this decision for some time and we agree that this is the right time for me to retire,” DeFilippo said in a news release. “It is also the right time for Boston College to have new leadership in the athletics director’s position.

“In light of my recent bout with melanoma, which is treatable, this decision became clearer to me this summer. After the intensity of 40 years of intercollegiate athletics, this change will enable me to spend more time with Anne, my three children, and our granddaughter, Katherine. I look forward to this next stage of my personal and professional life.”

DeFilippo plans to teach courses in sports management and work as a consultant, according to the school.

“We have had an outstanding run at Boston College and Gene has been terrific for our hockey program,” Eagles coach Jerry York said in a news release. “We’ve had a remarkable working relationship. I wish him the best of luck as he begins a new chapter in his life.”